Life Expectancy…

“[During the Battle of Stalingrad] The Soviet forces themselves had suffered terribly. In the battle which occupied the winter months of 1942-43, over a million Soviet troops were killed. The life expectancy of a soldier at the front was 24 hours. Yet Stalingrad was singly the most important conflict of the war in Europe.” (Lynch,… Read More


Longer Life: Optimists vs Pessimists

Those who look on the bright side of life might live a little longer than pessimists, according to new research. A study published in JAMA Network Open found that those with a ‘glass half full; attitude to life were 35% less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, and had an 18% lower risk of death… Read More

Your BMI and Middle Age: Any Connection?

According to new research, men who are in the normal weight range in middle life and then let their weight creep up have a better life expectancy than those whose BMI remains at the baseline of 22-25. This finding from the Oslo Study of 5239 men born in 1923-1932 should not come as a surprise… Read More

The Determinants of Mortality

Robert Lucas once famously said regarding the determinants of economic growth, “once one starts to think about them, it is hard to think of anything else.” The same could be said for the determinants of mortality, since the length of life is as critical a measure of our well-being as is our income. In “The… Read More

The War on Longevity: Men versus Women

In the rich world, men are closing the longevity gap with women Reg Dean, who died on 05 January 2012 at the ripe age of 110, was unusual. Centenarians are rare in themselves, of course, but male centenarians particularly so. In Britain, where Mr Dean lived, five times as many women as men receive the… Read More

Research: Women Who Smoke Like Men, Die Like Men

Analyses from two historical and five contemporary US cohorts suggest that the risks  for both sexes are now: About 25 times more likely than never smokers to die of lung cancer; Between 22 and 25 times more likely to die of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and Nearly three times more likely to die of… Read More

How Long Can We Expect To Live?

The Rise of Centenarians (people aged 100+): In 1917 King George V sent 24 celebratory messages to centenarians; 255 messages were sent in 1952; and By 2011 this figure had increased to 9736. Life Expectancy: 13% of girls born in 1951 are expected to become centenarians; For girls born in 2013 the figure is estimated… Read More